“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutely … Continue reading How not to feel like an idiot in 2018
The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that? This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw a reasonable conclusion, or make a … Continue reading Ford vs. Kavanaugh
I am shocked and saddened by what is being reported about Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church. For many years, Hybels was the church leader I respected and learned from the most. I've visited Willow Creek, attended and taught some of their courses, and absorbed and applied many books, sermons, and leadership talks by … Continue reading Bill Hybels could leave a different kind of legacy
Uproar #1,855 of 2018: Attorney General Jeff Sessions invokes the Bible to defend the Trump administration's enforcement of immigration law. What exactly did Sessions say in a speech to law enforcement officers on June 14? I checked four sources and came up with two different versions. (That should remind us to check multiple sources and realize … Continue reading The Sessions Bible
He bought some poster board, a thick black marker, and a roll of tape. He wrote three words, put the cap back on the marker, and taped the sign to his window for all the world to see. "No gays allowed" From that moment on, it was clear that some of his neighbors were not … Continue reading “No gays allowed”
What the world needs now ... people who freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of truth and respect people who value substance over trifles people who remember history’s evils and build on its virtues people who know what’s going on in the world today and understand what it means for tomorrow people who consider others … Continue reading What is The Thinkery?
#InsteadOfThoughtsAndPrayers is trending on Twitter right now. I'd like to offer an alternative: #InAdditionToThoughtsAndPrayers. Sure, it would max out my tweet character limit, but it would send a message. With all the suffering and tragedy in the world, thoughts and prayers are indeed not enough, so I get why many people are frustrated by the … Continue reading #Thoughts&Prayers
Have you seen the image that appears to show Emma González ripping up the U.S. Constitution? Do you know for a fact whether it's real or fake? If you hang around The Thinkery very long, you'll get the message that you should think for yourself. Thinking is a process that takes time and effort, so the intellectually … Continue reading Are you participating in fake news?
Everyone but a small handful of evil people agree that school shootings are horrific and that we should seek to stop them. The disagreement is about how we should seek to stop them. Yet, from the tone of much of the debate, you'd think we're not in agreement on the first point. This is not … Continue reading 99.9% agree about school shootings
I woke up this morning to this breaking news banner alert on my phone: "'He would go down fast and hard' — Donald Trump threatens former vice president Joe Biden with physical violence". Fascinated, I tapped the link, and it took me to a Sky News article titled "Trump threatens former VP Biden with physical violence" … Continue reading Media bias (or really bad news editing) punched me in the face this morning